Let’s say Barry is working on a task that he cannot complete on time. The company he worked for had problems with inputting data into their website. He had just returned from vacation, exhausted and not wanting to do anything else. For any task that Barry does, the one thing he needs is motivation to complete it successfully. Barry can self-motivate himself, but at the same time, he is tired and needs someone to give him a boost in energy. It is up to the team itself or the company who can provide Barry that required energy he needs. That energy is nothing more than motivation.
What is Motivation?
According to Kendra Cherry at Very Well Mind, motivation is the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. It is what causes you to act, whether it is moving your belongings to running three miles a day. For Barry, it is the focus of completing the task that was given to him by the company. One exhausted person would struggle to input data into the website. This means the supervisor who assigned Barry the task would have to build motivation for him which could include extra time off, extra pay, or even recognition in the company.
Barry would take the challenge for the extra benefits which means increased motivation to complete inputting the data into the company’s website. He completes the task and as a result, the company creates better results. The supervisor gives him the benefits needed. The motivation that Barry possessed, which was encouraged by his supervisor, got the job done.
For anyone out there who is a leader, it is very important that every member of your team is motivated to get the job done. Here are three ways on how motivation could be built for your team when dealing with challenges.
1. Offer Incentives
Let’s say if you are the leader of a project that is involved in completing a report. It is a lengthy report that cannot be completed by one person. You have a teammate who is unmotivated to do the task for you. If you are working for a company and you need to motivate the teammate, the best method would be to provide incentives to successfully complete the task. Use Rewards and Recognition to incentivize team members. These incentives and benefits could include higher pay, profit-sharing, and a bonus if the job is successfully completed, just like the example of Sue entering the data into the system. If you are doing a group project at school, it could be offering dinner, going out to the movies, or going out to get drinks. These incentives give people a meaning behind the necessity to complete the tasks.
A common Chinese proverb states that, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” A single step is referred to as the task. The journey of a thousand miles is referred to as the overall big picture. Consider, taking the initiative to engage your team in the big picture. A lot more people are motivated to work and contribute when they see the big picture behind it. Do you wonder why successful companies like Amazon, Google, Netflix, Microsoft, Apple, and many others have teams who perform successfully? Articulating the big picture to each team explains it all. Different team members have different capabilities and skills. You have to delegate decision making and authority to team members based on their expertise through communication of the big picture. That can lead to the growth of a successful team.
3. Focus On Strengths
Why would you want to give a person a marketing task if they are better at designing the product? Make it simple! Give the design responsibilities to the person good at design. Give the writing responsibilities to someone good at writing rather than the designer. Different team members have different capabilities and skills. Assign tasks based on each individual’s strongest capabilities. That can empower a teammate to play to their strengths and can deliver results faster for your team.
If you were to implement these three steps, your team will be highly motivated, geared up for success.